Latest From CMS On Surety Bonds For MDs Who Dispense

There has been quite a bit of confusion about who does and does not need to obtain a surety bond for their dispensary.  The following press release was taken from the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s web site.  It should help clarify the issue…hopefully once and for all.

A surety bond requirement that goes into effect Oct. 2 does not apply to practices that provide post-cataract glasses to patients, CMS clarified this week, even if the surgery was performed by another ophthalmologist. The agency issued the clarification after the Academy and others raised concerns about the durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies (DMEPOS) requirement. CMS said post-cataract patients would be considered part of the dispensing practice’s patient base and therefore exempt. There has been confusion since CMS’ May announcement that only physicians who provide DMEPOS for their own patients are exempt from obtaining a surety bond. NOTE: Be sure to maintain enrollment as a supplier with the National Supplier Clearinghouse and report any changes that would affect enrollment status.

2 Responses to “Latest From CMS On Surety Bonds For MDs Who Dispense”

  1. 1 Faith McDaniel
    September 28, 2009 at 8:24 am

    We are opticians in Knox. TN. and have for 2 1/2 weeks tried with no luck to get answers about the surety bond and Opticians. We do not bill Medicare direct, the only insurance we accept is Cariten soon to be Humana. Therefore we bill Cariten and Cariten pays us, with the Senior Health plan there is an after cataract surgery benefit for glasses.
    I can find no one to tell me if we are excempt from the bond.
    I even have our Congressmans office working on this, so far no info. Cariten Compliance so far does not have an answer.
    I am hoping you can shed some light on this for us, our deadline is quickly approaching.
    Faith McDaniel
    Andes Optical

    • November 27, 2009 at 5:34 am

      Good Morning Faith:
      I don’t do compliance consulting but from what I understand from others, opticians must obtain the surety bond since they are always filling ‘outside’ prescriptions. BTW, have you checked with the OAA?

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